General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
HLTH - Health Studies
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Eimear Donlon, Maire McCallion, Thomas Smyth, Geraldine Duignan
Programme Membership
SG_SPUBL_K08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Public Health and Health Prom

This module introduces students global health in the current, social, political and environmental context,  and aims to develop improved skills in critical thinking on the global level determinants of health and global governance for health.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Report on the current Global Burden of Disease and critically appraise the literature & current policy on select issues in global health


Demonstrate awareness of the complex determinants of health in the current global context: social, political, & environmental. 


Review global level action (governance) for health and identify the implications for Irish stakeholders and communities.


Apply understanding of concepts of health equity, social justice and health as a human right to the analysis of select issues in global public health.


Promote the concept of global citizenship to advocate for and enable action on sustainable health and wellbeing among your peers.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered using a blended learning model introducing a flipped classroom after introductory weeks. 


Individual engagement: (face to face and online)

Lectures 1 hr pw: Introductory face to face lectures transitioned to online delivery for final 6 weeks. Individual narratives and storytelling used extensively to engage students with material. Assigned reading materials and online resources provide opportunities for independent and flexible engagement with learning. Scaffolding is provided using prompts and rubrics to develop skills in critical reflection on reading .  Peer to peer learning will be used to help students to self assess, develop concepts of best practice and identify aspirational standards. 

Group Learning Workshops 2hr pw (face to face):

Collective reading,  participatory diaglogue, inquiry, role play and games to reinforce core concepts, experience different perspectives and use of models to map, understand and communicate complex relationships and pathways. 

Module Assessment Strategies

100% Continuous Assessment

Each assignment builds on the previous

  1. Team presentation :  Engagement and broader understanding of global perspectives
  2. Individual critical reflection and or short questions on required reading with peer and self assessment facilitated by rubrics:  Build individual competence in reading, critical reflection and communication/advocacy. 
  3. Individual project assignment on an issue of students choice - with global determinants:  In-depth treatment of specific issue of students choosing (self motivation) that could be used to advocate for action - eg writing a policy brief, planning a health promotion campaign or building a specific partnership for action.  

Repeat Assessments

Repeat CA

Module Dependencies

Advanced Facilitation Skills

Indicative Syllabus

Globalisation and Health: Global Citizenship. 

Measuring Global Health: Global Burden of Disease study

Values for Global Health: Interdependence, Global Public Goods. Equity, Social Justice, Human Rights. 

Global Governance for Health: Policy and Platforms for Action, Sustainable Development Goals.

Planetary Health: Environmental Change and Health; Food Systems

Reading and Critical Reflection in Global Health.

Select Health concerns:

  • Infectious disease
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Mental Health
  • Health in Disasters




Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Self and peer assessment. Formative Assessment - % OnGoing 1,3,4
2 Group Project Facilitated Workshop presentation Continuous Assessment Group Project 20 % Week 4 2,4,5
3 Reflective Blog Posts Continuous Assessment Assignment 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
4 Individual Assingment Continuous Assessment Individual Project 40 % Week 10 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Group Learning Problem Based Learning Room Group Learning 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2017-12 Global Health 101 Jones & Bartlett Publishers
ISBN 1284163547 ISBN-13 9781284163544

New: Effective 12/4/2017, each new print copy of Global Health 101, Third Edition, now includes a printed copy of a bonus chapter, Intersectoral Approaches to Enabling Better Heatlh as well as Navigate 2 Advantage Access which unlocks a complete eBook, Study Center, homework and Assessment Center, and a dashboard that reports actionable data. Experience Navigate 2 today at www.jblnavigate.com/2.Visit www.GlobalHealth101.com to learn more about this text.Rated by an independent panel as the best introductory Global Health text for undergraduates, Global Health 101, Third Edition is a clear, concise, and user-friendly introduction to the most critical issues in global health. It illustrates key themes with an extensive set of case studies, examples, and the latest evidence. Particular attention is given to the health-development link, to developing countries, and to the health needs of poor and disadvantaged people.The Third Edition is a thorough revision that offers an extensive amount of new and updated information, while maintaining clarity, simplicity, and ease of use for faculty and students.Offering the latest data on the burden of disease, the book presents unique content on key topics that are often insufficiently covered in introductory materials, such as immunization and adolescent health.

Required Reading
2016-05-03 Introduction to Global Health Promotion John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781118897836 ISBN-13 1118897838

Introduction to Global Health Promotion addresses a breadth and depth of public health topics that students and emerging professionals in the field must understand as the world's burden of disease changes with non-communicable diseases on the rise in low- and middle-income countries as their middle class populations grow. Now more than ever, we need to provide health advocacy and intervention to prevent, predict, and address emerging global health issues. This new text from the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) prepares readers with thorough and thoughtful chapters on global health promotion theories, best practices, and perspectives on the future of the field, from the individual to the global level. The world's biggest health care challengesincluding HIV, malaria, heart disease, smoking, and violence, among othersare explored in detail in Introduction to Global Health Promotion. The state of the science, including the latest empirical data, is distilled into 19 chapters that update readers on the complex issues surrounding a variety of illnesses and conditions, and disease epidemics and individual, social, institutional, and governmental barriers to preventing them. Expert authors bring to the fore human rights issues, new uses of technology, and practical application of theory. These perspectives, along with the book's multidisciplinary approach, serve to create a well-rounded understanding of global health today. Learn more from the Editors of Introduction to Global Health Promotion here.

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